Medusa is a 5-reel, max 25-pay line online video slot from NextGen Gaming, and leased by Amaya. Medusa is probably the most successful slot ever devised by NextGen Gaming, and to capitalise on that the company released a sequel – cunningly entitled 'Medusa II' – in 2014. If you didn't know, Medusa is a figure from ancient Greek mythology who could never get her hair to behave how she wanted it to. She was originally described as a hideous female with venomous snakes for hair. She was so ugly that anyone who gazed upon her would be instantly turned to stone. This was not as disadvantageous to Medusa as it sounds – over the years she was able to amass a stunning collection of amazingly lifelike statues.
In the modern era Medusa has had a bit of a makeover, and is usually depicted as something of a beauty – as she is in this slot. The snakes are still in place though. She is joined on the reels by plenty of other symbols associated with Ancient Greece, including grapes, urns and winged sandals.
You start your quest in this slot by selecting your coin size from 0.02 to 5.00, and the number of lines you want in play from one to all twenty-five. Your total wager is these two items multiplied together. When you're ready to incur the wrath of Medusa's gaze, hit that spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest winning payout in the game is for three spearheads, at five times your coin size. The mammoth jackpot of 5,000x is for five Acropolis symbols.
Medusa is as wild as her hair in this slot, and you trigger three 'turned to stone' respins when three or more Medusa symbols appear. During free spins one of the central three reels will become an expanded wild.
You can obtain the 'One Bitten Bonus' by landing three or more scattered Medusa logo symbols. You win ten free games where all the jackpots are doubled. If you land a soldier symbol during your bonus spins you earn yourself between one and three 'super spins'. During super spins all prizes are multiplied by five. You also win a cash prize by landing at least two Medusa logo symbols.
You can win up to 50x your coin size by landing three 'Pegasus' symbols. Pick one of the symbols to find out what you have won. You may be asked to 'pick again' or be lucky enough to 'win all' the prizes hidden behind the symbols.
All wins can be gambled. If you choose to gamble, you'll be shown the back of a playing card. Guess the correct colour to double your win, or the correct suit to quadruple it. If you guess wrong, then you lose your win. You may gamble any win up to a maximum of five times.
With all this gameplay, it's easy to see why Medusa has proven to be one of NextGen Gaming's brightest slots. However, the game is beginning to creak a little at the seams, which probably explains why NextGen have released Medusa II. This is still a very entertainlng slot to play though, and happily the chances of being turned to stone while you are playing it are minimal!